Mussels, from PEI, are wonderful, versatile, crazy easy to prepare, super healthy, and sustainable. They are also regularly available at Gimli Fish.
I've prepared these mussels with beer and white cheddar.
First, clean the mussels. also easy. Clean off any beards and throw away and broken mussels or ones that don't close, even when tapping them. Place cleaned mussels in some salt water to remove any more grit. Set aside in the fridge after draining and rinsing the mussels.
Prepare the sauce in a large enough pot with a lid.
Beer and White Cheddar Mussels
1 lb fresh mussels, cleaned
1 finely diced shallot
2 tbs butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups shredded white cheddar
1 tbs corn starch
1 tbs Dijon mustard
white pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
salt, to taste
Options: chopped peppers, sautéed mushrooms, microgreens, etc.
For the sauce;
Sauté the shallot in butter until translucent. Add the minced garlic. Toss the corn starch with the white cheddar. The starch allows you to prepare the sauce without lumps. Add the beer and when simmering, add the white cheddar slowly. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a good simmer and add the mussels. Stir and cover with the lid. Cook for 5+ minutes, or until the mussels open. Stir and serve in a large serving bowl.
Enjoy with toasts or crisp fries.